Aurelien Tchouameni has well and truly resurrected his career at Real Madrid through his high-quality performances this season.
Carlo Ancelotti has always retained faith in the 23-year-old’s abilities despite his relative stoop in form last season.
The Frenchman was linked with an exit through the summer, but the manager assured him of minutes in the 2023-24 campaign, while the player himself never considered leaving.
So far, Tchouameni has been on the money. He has started all four of Los Blancos’ La Liga games this season and has single-handedly covered the defensive midfielder position in the novel 4-4-2 diamond setup.
Tchouameni opens up on his resurgence
Recently, the French midfielder spoke to Saber Desfarges about his current situation at Real Madrid and how the new season has fared for him.
“Everything is going well at Real Madrid, I am performing well, and I have playing time, I am happy,” he said on his performances at the club level.
The youngster added a note on the importance of self-confidence on the path to success and the mantra that has allowed him to regain his original level.
“As long as you don’t doubt yourself, and you continue to work, things will fall into place as they should.”
A star for the National Team
Tchouameni is currently on international duty with the French National Team and is a regular starter for Didier Deschamps’ side.
He played all 90 minutes in Les Bleus’ EURO qualifier against Ireland earlier this week and even found the back of the net in the 2-0 win.
Further, he completed 96% of his 106 attempted passes, made two key passes, had one shot blocked and completed ten defensive actions for the World Cup runners-up.
The 23-year-old is seen as a long-term asset for the Merengues’ midfield alongside the likes of Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Arda Guler.
And after a difficult end to his debut season, it is safe to say that Tchouameni’s high quality is coming to the fore again this season.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”